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crunch·y [kruhn-chee] adjective, crunch·i·er, crunch·i·est.

  • Crunchy granola: health-conscious and environmentally aware (“One of those crunchy gals who insists on making her own cosmetics.”)

It’s getting mighty crunchy around here. Why? Take a gander at this list of ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics. Making your own cosmetics is not only better for you, it’s simple and cost-effective. Win, win, win.


Lip Balm

Long-lasting and super moisturizing! But beware, coconut oil melts at 76 degrees; thus, you may not want to carry this around in your pocket all day or leave it in your car in the summer.

Half recipe from SouleMama

  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 1  tbsp. raw honey
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and honey in a double boiler over low heat. Remove mixture from heat, cool until you can hold a finger in the mixture for longer than 30 seconds. Stir in peppermint oil. Pour into tubes or tins, cool completely.


Bug Spray

It’s mosquito season in our neck of the woods, so we’ve armed ourselves with this homemade concoction. I love that it’s non-greasy and that I can just spray it on. The peppermint oil is nice for those hot, sweaty days. Yay, Missouri.

  • 1/4 c. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. vodka
  • 1/4 c. water (distilled, filtered or spring)
  • 20-25 drops each eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint, and lavender essential oils
  • 4-5 drops each cajeput, cedarwood, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils

Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Shake well before each use.


Face Wash #2

Just a variation on face wash #1.

  • 1/4 c. rosewater
  • 1/4 c. aloe vera juice
  • 2 tbsp. green tea (steeped in filtered water)
  • 2 tbsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. with hazel
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. liquid castile soap
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 6 drops rose essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into a clean pump bottle.


Cracked Heel Balm

I was actually trying to make lotion, but it turned out to be a balm. Too greasy for the hands, but well-suited for cracked heels. I hope my mom loves it!

  • 2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined shea butter
  • 3 tbsp. sweet almond oil
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. jojoba oil
  • 1/8 tsp. vitamin E oil
  • essential oil blend (10-15 drops each of frankincense, jasmine, rose, rosemary, sandalwood)

Melt beeswax, butter, and oils in a double boiler over low heat. Remove from heat and cool until you can hold a finger in the mixture for longer than 30 seconds. Stir in vitamin E oil and essential oil blend. Pour into a clean jar. Cool completely before putting on lid.


Liquid Hand Soap

All the recipes I found for liquid hand soap involved grating a bar of soap and adding it to steaming hot water. I can’t figure out why anyone would go to the trouble of grating a bar of soap when one could just… use a bar of soap. -?- I like liquid hand soap though, so I reworked my face wash recipe into this naturally germ-busting hand soap. Grating be damned.

  • 1 c. aloe vera juice
  • 3/4 c. rosewater
  • 1/4 c. witch hazel
  • 1/4 c. liquid castile soap
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drop lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 tsp. xanthan gum

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into pump bottles.


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